Friday, February 27, 2015


I arrived in Mexico safely, and am beginning to explore my new place.  The above picture was taken from my bedroom window.  Although both Guatemala and Mexico are Spanish speaking countries, there is a different feel here.  The people here talk faster...I am going to have to get used to it.  This city, Guanajauto, also has more tourists, many more old buildings, and the university is quite large. 
The streets are not straight, there are lots of hills, but there is  green space-trees and plazas with plants.  I will get to eat lots of Mexican food and learn more about the culture here.  For at least the first month, I will be staying with a family that has two daughters (17 and 20), so I should also get lots of practice speaking Spanish, as well. 

Friday, February 20, 2015

baby quilt

This is the baby quilt that I made this week for a friend's baby boy.  It was inspired by a quilt that my sister made.  I would use the idea to make another quilt...not too complicated with pleasing results.  

Monday, February 16, 2015


I have been home close to a week and it has been good, cold weather and all.
I am enjoying the time I have to hang out with my family.  I have also been able to do some other things I missed while in Guatemala.
Today I started sewing a baby quilt.
I have been to the library to check out books.
Other things on my agenda are seeing some friends, doing my taxes, and figuring out exactly what I need for my time in Mexico.  The remaining time will fly by.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

another view of Guatemala

The last couple of days I have been relaxing near Lago Atitlan.  After living in Quetzaltenango for five months, it feels good to be somewhere that I can enjoy being outside.  Sunday afternoon I spent a lot of time down by the lakeshore.  Yesterday I went to the Atitlan Nature Reserve and saw butterflies, a few spider monkeys and some coati.  Choco bananas are a treat I have been eating, they are almost as good as ice cream but healthier.  Today I went to three of the different villages around the lake.  Each village is a little different, but one thing that they all had in common was a lot of vendors trying to sell things to the tourists.  The picture of the church was taken in Santiago Atitlan.
It is good to see another part of Guatemala before heading home.  Next stop, Antigua.  More tourist activities and spending time with Aunt Betty and Uncle Harold.

Monday, January 26, 2015

coffee and bananas

Saturday I visited a finca (a farm or plantation) near San Felipe called Finca Santa Elena.  The pictures above and below show coffee plants of various ages.  Although it was not harvest season, the guide explained the process of preparing the coffee for sale to a company who then gets it ready to sell in the store.
The finca has bananas, too, and I saw the process of how they dehydrate some of them to package and then sell.
Besides coffee and bananas, they also have bees and sell honey from the farm.  It was quite interesting, and worth the hour plus trip each way by chicken bus (I did not go by myself).

I also was glad to get out of the is the road that goes past the plantation. 

Thursday, January 15, 2015

to market, to market

My first months here in Guatemala I spent living with first one family, then a different family.  In December I  found a place to live where I have my own bathroom and get to do my own cooking.  So several days a week, I go to one of the local markets (there are plenty to choose from) to buy fruit and vegetables.  There are a multitude of women selling produce. It is a treat for me to have access to such fresh produce at this time of the year.  The vegetables are reasonably priced, too.  The picture above is what I bought one day for ten quetzales (less than one dollar and fifty cents worth)-two pounds of tomatoes, a red pepper, a half dozen carrots, a bunch of cilantro and a pound of onions.  The availability of fresh fruit and vegetables is definitely one of the great things about Guatemala.